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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

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There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

If your child has stretch marks and you would like more information, check the guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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I'm 14 and I have really bad stretch marks on my arms and stomach and literally it is the most embarrassing thing to deal with. I'm so insecure about them because I'm afraid people will jugde me about them and I don't even go swimming because I'm afraid of people making fun of me and calling me fat. I don't know what to do :(





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Hi, I'm 18 years old and have loads of stretch marks on my inner thighs, I know they are probably from weight gain even though I haven't put that much weight on, however they are splitting and bleeding, they are not scabbing over and I am going to have scars! I was wondering if there was a reason they were splitting and if that is even meant to happen? Thanks.





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My name is Sandra I am 16 years old and I got some stretch marke they are red and I don't know how to get rid of them I need some help plz give me some advise thanks.





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Hi I have stretch marks all over my body ,, very embarrassing body I have , how can I get rid of them?





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Try Vitamin E oil.. It won't remove them because stretch marks are permanent but it will light in them up

I'm 19 and i have this evil stretchmarks as well it started at the age of 16 now i'm married with a kid and it seems the stretchmarks grow everyday i develop it on my legs, upper arms, stomarch, hips my boobs and the worst part on my chest and arms pls what can i do bcos i'm totally confused.





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I'm 19 and i have this evil stretchmarks as well it started at the age of 16 now i'm married with a kid and it seems the stretchmarks grow everyday i develop it on my legs, upper arms, stomarch, hips my boobs and the worst part on my chest and arms pls what can i do bcos i'm totally confused.





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Hi, I'm 14, nearly 15 years old and I have recently been getting stretch marks on my inner and back thighs, moving up to my bottom. I have started to workout again as I would like to get toned, I used to work out before then and i stopped. I have not had a growth spurt and I am just under 5ft. I am not fat as I fit into size 6/8's and I came on my period when I was 11. I don't know why I have got stretch marks but I have to keep on massaging myself with cocoa butter cream but I feel loads of lumps that hurt my thighs when I massage it. Do you know the reason why I might have gained stretch marks? But since I have been eating a bit better, moisturising and working out, they are slowly going but I know that they will never fade. Thanks x





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im 20 years old and ive had no kids or anything im size 10 have been for ages and i got stretch marks on stomach and little on hips, don't understand why? can someone help?





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I'm 14 years old,I have bad stretch marks on my thighs which make me really insecure whenever my friends and I are out in summer and they're wearing swim suits I decide not to because they don't have any on them while I have plenty and I don't know what to do because they're really embarrassing. :(





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Wear what will cover your body.in life there must be constraints

After gaining weight in college, I developed evil stretchmarks. I was 130lbs when I graduated high school so I was definitely irked. After watching what I ate, and rubbing multiple jars of the Somaluxe Stretch Mark Cream on my hips and exercising, I no longer have the evil red stretchmarks. The Somaluxe Cream also helped prevent any new ones from forming coz believe me, I thought they'd never stop. You need to work out in order for this work. It took me a year but I am sooo happy they are finally gone.





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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